Daily life in and around Arona on Lake Maggiore, Italy
Monday 6 July 2009
The Rhodian deers
Elafos is one of the the two deer statues which today form the entrance of Mandraki Harbour (Rhodes), where once the legendary Colossus stood, a 31m high bronze statue erected between 292 and 280 B.C. ,by design of Charles of Lindos, and dedicated to the Titan God of the Sun, Helios, who was also the guardian of the Oaths and the God of gifts of sight. One of his daughters was the famous Circe, who could turn men into animals with her magic wand. The statue, considered as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world was said to have collapsed during a heavy earthquake in 226 Before Christ. Elafos and Elafina represent the symbol of the victory of the Rhodian deers over the enormous quantites of snakes which had invaded the island.
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